Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I was always a big fan of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups when I was a kid. But now that I'm an adult, I've out-grown super sweet and heavily processed treats (big surprise). I often prefer things that are more sophisticated in flavor. It's funny how one's palate changes over the years. Things that I used to love as a kid, I no longer do as an adult, and vice versa. So I started thinking: I should make a grown-up version of those PB cups! It should definitely be rich in flavor and include hazelnut and dark chocolate! Yum!

The task seemed simple enough until I realized that I didn't know where to get chocolate cups. lol! Minor detail (insert sarcasm). Ok so...I guess I'll have to make them from scratch. I wasn't sure if it would work when I set out to try this:

Line a mini muffin pan with mini muffin cups and go over them with a non-stick cooking spray. I use the butter kind for baking.

Melt 1 1/2 cups of dark chocolate chips. This should be enough chocolate to coat 2 dozen mini muffin cups.

Coat the back of a spoon with chocolate.

Cup the mini muffin cup in the palm of your hand. Brush the sides of the cup with chocolate, using the back of the spoon. Make sure to coat all sides evenly. Double check that there's no thin spots, where you can see the paper through the chocolate.

After brushing each cup, put it back into the muffin pan. Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour, allowing the chocolate to harden fully.

When the cups are chilled and ready to go, gently tug on the paper and it should come off super easy! (Having nails will help.) Make sure to do it quickly. Tug on both sides at once, so that you're only touching the paper. Since the sides of the chocolate cups are so thin, even touching it for a few seconds will result in melted chocolate on your hands!

Yay! It actually worked!

Have a chilled baking pan ready before you start peeling the paper off. You can put a pan in the fridge at the same time you put the cups in. During my first attempt, I put the peeled chocolate cups on a regular pan, and after I got half way through the batch, I realized that the bottoms were melting and sticking onto the pan! A second attempt with a chilled baking pan did the trick! I was able to get all two dozen cups unwrapped and into the pan without any damage!

Now for the filling:

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp Nutella
2 1/2 Tbsp heavy cream

Melt the ingredients and mix well until combined. Allow to cool fully. Refrigerate for about an hour.

When the filling is ready to go, put into a piping bag with a star tip and pipe swirls into the cups.

Pretty! Click to enlarge photo!

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Put them in the fridge until you're ready to enjoy!

Hubby liked them best when they were at room temperature- both the filling and the chocolate cups were soft and gooey. But I liked them right out of the fridge when they had a bite to them, kinda like truffles! Try them both ways and see which one you like best!


  1. I wonder if Nick saw your post? He'll be asking for these for sure, they look awesome! Here's a trick (it makes them less fancy, but also slightly more "melt proof") - add some paraffin wax to the chocolate while you are melting it, or buy the chocolate from the craft store. It hardens up faster and doesn't melt as easily. It sounds weird, but Nick's mom puts it in her peanut butter balls at Christmas and you don't have to store them in the fridge to keep them hard. I was skeptical, but it didn't change the taste. You can vary the amount of wax to make them softer or harder, depending on your preference.

  2. i've never heard of paraffin wax! so it's just an edible, flavorless wax that acts as a binding agent? cool! i will definitely have to try it out next time. wow, that sounds like it would've made my life a whole lot easier when i was making these! haha!

    looks like i'm definitely still a domestic goddess in training. =) i feel like there's still so much more to learn! becoming domesticated is harder than one would think!

    so, where do you get it? grocery store? craft store? thanks for the great tip, bryn!

  3. So paraffin wax is literally the stuff they make candles out of - but it's also in chocolate. The kind I have is called parowax and you can find it in the baking aisle at the grocery store. Here is a very short Q/A about the quantities. I'm sure you can find better directions elsewhere and it might take some practice to get your proportions exactly right. I also read online that if you melt/cool your chocolate exactly right, it will harden....but I think wax is easier :-) If the thought of wax in chocolate grosses you out, you can buy the chocolate at the craft stores - it works just as well (and it probably has wax in it to0).


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